We have long hesitated to today yet again to another part of the GBR visit, because there’s still much to do. And tour operators are not lacking in Port Douglas … 😉 But there much more in Tropical North Queensland to experience than just the reef. So today, the plan is to travel a little more northward 20km from Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge. Since the first guided ‘Dreamtime GorgeWalk’ is only at 10am we can get some more sleep. Ideal … there are certainly no complaints from Bo. 😉
By 8am we will eventually liven and after a quick breakfast we get some hiking-gear and drive into the Kuku Yalanji country. We park our car at the modern Mossman Gorge Centre.
We are still a bit too early for the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk, so we settle our planning in the adjoining Café Mayi. We are still puzzling and shuffle some dates so that we might have an extra dive to the wreck of the SS Yongala can plan. 😉
By 10am it is time for an authentic Dreamtime Gorge walk in the Daintree National Park. And we are lucky because our guide Roy Gibson, the older of the Kuku Yalanji community will take us through the rainforest.
We take a van to the Mossman Gorge. Here we will be welcomed and evil spirits stripped in a traditional smoking ceremony.
Then we walk along with Roy, or ‘Dingo’ if you want to use his totem name, through the lush rainforest. We regularly stop and we are instructed in the ancient flora and fauna knowledge of the rainforest of the Aborigines.
Thus we are introduced to the highly toxic “Tar Tree’ (Semecarpus Australia Ensis) which, in contact alone can cause death. Or the “Stinging Tree of Gympie Gympie-(Dendrocnide Moroides) which for months or even years can cause severe pain when touching the nettle on the leaves.
Or how about the long vine full of razor-sharp barbs of the applicable ‘Wait-a-While (Calamus muelleri).
But also their own culture, traditions and stories of the dream Kuku Yalanji are reviewed.
When we arrive at the Mossman River, we also get a demonstration of the ocher paintings and more explanation about the medicinal benefits of the unique tropical plants can be found here in the rainforest.
Let it set us, you had to have a disease that modern medicine can not help them, then you might still sometimes seek the help of one of the older Aboriginal people of this region, because their knowledge about the plants and trees exceptional.
We walk leisurely back to our departure and en route Roy points some ‘Boyd’s forest dragons’ on – that are impossible to spot for an untrained eye – hanging on a tree trunk in the dense rainforest.
We enjoy a delicious Daintree bush tea and fresh damper before we say goodbye to this charismatic figure.
Then we walk to the Rex Creek Suspension Bridge and we stop at the Baral Marrjanga, track of the elderly, several lookouts on the Mossman River.
What more is almost queuing to take pictures of the river, so busy it has become here in the meantime. We hold, however, viewed it, because we have the pool at the Meridian in mind for some cooling this afternoon. 😉
RELAXING IN MERIDIAN
After one last stop in Woolworths Mossman, we return to Port Douglas, where we enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the pool of the Meridian.
Many of the furnished apartments at the Meridian have a private terrace (with or without private Jacuzzi) which opens onto the pool. We note the advance for the next ‘overwinter’-holiday destination.;-)
By 4pm we be ready again for a trip, because sitting still is not really our best trait.
SUNSET SAIL AWAY
Since it was a beautiful sunny day, there is no devise better ending to the day than a cruise with sunset. We go again on board the Sail Away and sail to the open sea.
After half an hour of sailing maneuvers Syd, the skipper, the luxury catamaran skillful with the bow toward the horizon, so we can enjoy a beautiful sunset. This all with a sundowner and a mountain of delicious snacks. 😉
The glow of the Coral Sea while the sun sets behind the mountains Daintree provides a quiet moment on the boat.
Eventually turns the catamaran and we set course back to the marina of Port Douglas. We stroll back to Meridian. And since it is still too early for the ‘Cane Toad’ race we decided to leave it for what it is.Maybe next time we are in Port Douglas …